Gummersbach is a town in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, being the district seat of the Oberbergischer Kreis. It is located 50 km east of Cologne.
History [ edit ]
In 1109 Gummersbach was mentioned in official documents for the first time. The document in question concerned the lowering of the episcopal tax for the church in Gummersbach by Archbishop
Frederick I. At that time the name of the town was spelled as Gumeresbracht. Gummersbach received town privileges in 1857.
The coat of arms [ edit ]
The arms were granted on July 27, 1892. Gummersbach developed rapidly from a small village to a large city during the early 19th century, due to the
metal and textile industry. The right part of the arms thus show a spindle as a symbol for the textile industry. The left part shows the arms of the Counts of the Mark, as the area belonged to the Mark since 1287.
Communities, localities and villages [ edit ]
Apfelbaum - Becke - Berghausen - Bernberg - Birnbaum - Börnchen - Bracht - Bredenbruch - Brink - Bruch - Brunohl - Berghausen - Deitenbach - Derschlag - Dieringhausen - Drieberhausen - Dümmlinghausen - Elbach - Erbland - Erlenhagen - Flaberg - Frömmersbach - Grünenthal - Gummeroth - Hardt - Hardt-Hanfgarten - Helberg - Herreshagen - Hesselbach - Höfen -Hömel - Hülsenbusch - Hunstig - Kalkuhl - Karlskamp - Koverstein - Lantenbach - Lieberhausen - Liefenroth - Lobscheid - Lützinghausen - Luttersiefen - Mühle - Neuenhaus - Neuenschmiede - Niedergelpe - Niedernhagen - Niederseßmar - Nochen - Oberrengse - Ohmig -Peisel - Piene - Rebbelroth - Recklinghausen - Reininghausen - Remmelsohl - Rodt - Rospe - Schneppsiefen - Schönenberg - Schusterburg - Sonnenberg - Steinenbrück - Straße - Strombach - Unnenberg - Veste - Vollmerhausen - Waldesruh - Wasserfuhr - Windhagen - Wörde - Würden
Main sights [ edit ]
Vogteihaus, former residence of the Vogt, built in 1700. It is also referred to as die Burg ("the castle"), and lies in the town center, on the Kaiserstraße. The
Bunte Kerke ("colourful church") in the village Lieberhausen, a Protestant church with medieval wall paintings. The Protestant church of the village Hülsenbusch, rebuilt in the 18th century after a fire, in
Education [ edit ]
Communal elementary schools in the towncentre and the districts Becke, Bernberg, Derschlag, Dieringhausen, Hülsenbusch, Niederseßmar, Steinenbrück and Windhagen
Jakob Moreno school, school for learning-disabled children
Town secondary school Gummersbach-Hepel,
http://www.rs-hepel.de/ Town secondary school Gummersbach-Steinberg
Town high school - Grotenbach,
http://www.gymnasium-grotenbach.de/ Town high school - Moltkestrasse,
http://www.gym-moltke.de/ Occupational lecture Gummersbach
Business school Gummersbach
Advanced technical college of Cologne, campus Gummersbach,
http://www.gm.fh-koeln.de/ Educational centrum upper mountain for technology and economy
Music school Gummersbach e. V.
Town comprehensive school,
http://gesamtschulegm.de Waldorf School Oberberg,
Twin towns [ edit ]
twinned with: [2 ]
The men's team
VfL Gummersbach was one of the most successful handball teams of Europe in the 1970s and 1980s. It is still in the top league of the German handball competition: the Handball-Bundesliga.
Notable people [ edit ]
Heiner Brand, former handball player and former coach of the handball national team
Jürgen Domian, call-in radio show host
Harald Fischer, doctor killed in Palestine on November 15, 2000
Wolfgang Karius, conductor, organist, and harpsichordist
Hella von Sinnen, TV personality
Jan Sosniok, film actor
Fritz Eschmann, former district administrator and member of the German parliament of SPD
Jürgen Habermas, philosopher
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